When it comes to weddings, there’s no one that gets more excited than the bride (sorry grooms, but we just have to be honest here). While having the perfect day to remember is the goal of every bride-to-be, it’s important to keep in mind that not everything depends on the organization, dress, or guests. In fact, a lot of problems can happen due to the fact that brides forget to take care of themselves while planning their wedding day.
The last thing you want to see at your wedding is not the late arrival of your best friend, a wardrobe malfunction, or a drunken party guest – it’s a bulging belly.
Read how to protect yourself against bloating.
Mind what you eat and test for food allergies
Consuming foods that don’t come gently on your stomach will cause you pain and bloating.
This is why every bride should check whether she’s intolerant to a certain food. Food intolerance happens when a person has difficulty digesting certain foods. With this in mind, a few months before the wedding, a bride should visit some of the best-trained allergy specialists for the purpose of ruling out food allergies as a cause of bloating. The most accurate way to determine whether you have food intolerance is to do an allergy test. If the test shows that you are sensitive to a particular food, you should definitely eliminate it from your meal plan, even if you only take that food occasionally.
Finally, avoid eating big meals if that feels unpleasant to your stomach. Overeating is the last thing you need the night before the celebration. Take small portions instead. Also, make sure to have a light yet healthy breakfast on the day of your wedding.
Take supplements that support food digestion
Every bride should do some research on which digestive enzyme supplements to use. Some of these, like Lactase, can even provide immediate relief.
Also, taking some good quality magnesium supplements will support the bride’s digestive system because these go through the digestive tract smoothly and are very well absorbed. In addition, using magnesium reduces the possibility of developing more serious gastrointestinal problems.
If you don’t have time to do some in-depth research, ask a good friend to do it for you or visit a doctor to recommend you some common supplements used to fix problems with bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Start fixing these issues with your stomach as soon as possible – you don’t want to have problems with your belly a week before the wedding, because that will only cause you more stress and slow you down.
Stress less and avoid hyperventilation
Brides should bear in mind that their weddings are not about families and guests, but about the married couple. While the ideal organization is desirable, losing sleep over every detail won’t be of any help. On the contrary, if stressed, a bride is likely to end up losing control over essential things such as her feelings and the party atmosphere, which can result in a real disaster.
When panicking, we start to over-breathe, which leads to swallowing much more oxygen than needed. Next, when we worry too much, anxiety starts to negatively affect part of the brain related to the digestive system by slowing it down. Also, stress itself can trigger stomach pain and cause bloating.
So, relax – everything’s going to be just fine.
See a doctor to make sure you’re healthy
Needless to say, visiting a doctor is one thing you don’t want to see on your schedule while you plan your own wedding.
However, have in mind that paying a visit to your doctor has multiple benefits. First, you’ll be able to reduce your problems related to bloating on time. And, second, if your problems persist, your doctor is the only one who can determine whether your health condition needs further medical examination. While it’s normal not to feel good about such situations before the wedding, seeing a doctor is the only possible way to rule out a chronic or serious health condition related to digestive problems.
Remember that the most important thing is to stay positive and feel good about your wedding celebration. Your husband-to-be certainly doesn’t want to see you nervous or tired when the time to tie the knot comes. However, don’t be scared by all this information – usually, bloating can be controlled by some minor changes in your nutrition.
Guest Blogger: Diana Wills is a biochemistry graduate and blogger (www.ripped.me) based in Sydney. She is a science, health and food lover, with interests in fashion and beauty. She is enjoying all these things so much that she started to write about them so she can share this passion with everyone.